Hello everyone! I am very new to this forum and look forward to talking with everyone.
Back in February, I was hired on as a trainer’s apprentice for an AQHA/APHA hunter under saddle barn. She particularly trains only huntseaters, which is my passion! I am currently in college full time and train with her once a week, sometimes more depending on the amount of horses in training. In the time frame since I have been working for her, I had to put my horse down and ended up leasing a horse at her barn. (This mare is on a lease to possible purchase). I thought it would make things easier to go ahead and board at her barn since I am already at that barn once a week and I live close by. Since I have begun leasing the mare at her facility I am being charged fees to go to shows…even if it was my idea to go to that show and she tagged along, or if I wanted to follow a circuit, she started to follow the same circuit and charges me day fees and training fees, when I have never asked for the assistance. I actually recieve no assistance at the show from her or her husband. I trailer my own horse to most shows, if I do ask her to haul I pay a hauling fee (which I found extremely fair) and I can only get on her trailer if all other clients decline to attend the show. I don’t want to appear to be rude, ungrateful, or anything similar, because I am very thankful for the opportunity she as given me. I am just curious if this should be happening. Should I be paying as if I am a client, even though I was hired on as an apprentice? I would love to continue to lease the mare, simply because we are an excellent team and always placing 1st or 2nd. (not to toot my own horn but we always place above this trainer and any of the horses she shows). I have never boarded at a trainer’s barn, only my own barn or a close friend’s. This whole situation is new for me, and I don’t want to bring up this issue to the trainer unless I know for sure that I need to bring it up. I would love to continue an excellent partnership between us and don’t want to cause any issues.
What would you expect as a trainer’s apprentice?
side note She fired her stall cleaning girl and then proceeded to text me saying that I was now to feed snack and clean stalls every day. I never wanted to clean stalls nor did we discuss me ever cleaning stalls. I told her nicely that I couldn’t clean because I couldn’t get away for 4 hours a day to clean all those stalls and feed due to my son and college. I did agree to feed for her so that she wasn’t completely out of a person.
Thank you for all the advice.